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Masland Carpets http://www.maslandcarpets.com/
Interface Carpets http://www.interface.com/CA/en-CA/homepage
Shaw Carpets http://shawfloors.com/carpet
Tuftex Carpets http://tuftexcarpets.com/
Karastan Carpets http://karastan.com/
Stanton Carpets http://stantoncarpet.com/
Mohawk Carpets http://mohawkflooring.com/flooring/carpet/
Kraus Carpets http://krausflooring.com/carpets/
Tandus Carpets https://www.tandus-centiva.com/
Peerless Hospitality Carpets http://www.peerlesshospitality.com/
Antrim Carpets http://www.antrimcarpet.com
Kentwood Floors https://kentwoodfloors.com/
Lauzon Distinctive Hardwood Flooring http://lauzonflooring.com/
Appalachian Hardwood http://www.appalachianflooring.com/
Woodline Parquetry http://www.woodlineparquetry.com/
DuChateau Floors http://duchateaufloors.com/
Ernest Hemingway Floors http://ernesthemingwayfloors.com/
Coswick Hardwood http://www.coswick.com
Timeless Hardwood http://timelesswoodfloors.ca/
Kentwood Pro-Tips / Hints and Tips from the Hardwood, Laminate and Luxury Vinyl Installation Professionals
Don’t Sweat. While winter is slow to release its grip on some parts of North America, in many areas including Vancouver its surrounding neighbourhoods, spring has arrived and with it, a heightened risk of ‘greenhouse effect’. This problem has been around pretty well forever, but some trends are having an impact on it. For example, multi-family developments and condo tower construction have been booming in the past few years. Where the default flooring choice for such projects would once have been carpet, more and more are opting for hardwood, laminate or luxury vinyl -both as a lifestyle choice and a selling feature. That means we’re routinely seeing this type of flooring installed on projects containing several hundred new living units.
When it comes to issues like the greenhouse effect however, this trend raises the stakes considerably. When the environment in a single family home is not properly controlled, you may have a single floor failure. Burt when the same thing happens in a 300-unit condo project, well, you can do the math.
Let’s just recap what the greenhouse effect is and how it works. The cardinal rule is: wherever hardwood or laminate flooring is installed, heat and humidity must be maintained at recommended levels before, during and after installation. The temperature must between 65 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18 – 24 degrees Celsius) and humidity at 30 – 50%. Luxury vinyl is less susceptible to changes in environmental conditions, but the above guidelines are still good to follow to ensure optimal performance of the floor.
What often happens at this time of year is that floors get installed in a new project near the end of the construction phase (absolutely the right time to do it) but then the units are closed, locked and sealed until delivered to the buyer. This lockup period may be weeks or months in duration, during which time summer temperatures steadily increase the heat and humidity inside such sealed units. The new owner takes delivery of their new home only to find their beautiful new floors cupped and buckled. Welcome home indeed.
To give an example of how severe this problem can be, we have attended sites where the humidity inside the unit was in excess of 75% and the temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) – that’s practically a sauna!
While mild greenhouse damage may correct itself once the heat and humidity are restored to recommended levels, as with many problems the best cure is prevention. Fortunately, prevention is pretty simple. Have the HVAC system set to the appropriate controls and it should pretty much take care of things. Opening a window or two to admit fresh air will help the ventilation system refresh the interior air and keep the humidity in check. Closing south facing blinds or curtains can also help keep interiors cooler. Simple things, but when dealing with a project with hundreds of individual dwelling units, even performing a simple thing becomes a bit more onerous. But it’s essential. Because every unit is a discreet living space, every unit must be monitored and controlled. Every one that isn’t, runs a risk of greenhouse effect problems.
Here’s the take-away: We are on the cusp of the highest risk period for greenhouse problems. Most occur in new homes that are completed during April and May but sit unoccupied from June to September. Project managers and site supervisors really need to understand the importance of this issue and put procedures in place to deal with it. Yes, it’s tiresome checking every unit to make sure heat and humidity are staying where they should be, but not nearly as tiresome as dealing with 300 upset new homeowners wanting their floors replaced.
By Dave Sandover
Recycling and Reclamation
Whenever possible, we work with suppliers who promote socially and environmentally responsible corporate practices. One of them is Shaw Floors, an outstanding steward of the environment.
Shaw’s Evergreen Nylon Recycling plant (based in Augusta, Georgia) employs a patented technology that converts post-consumer nylon carpet and recycles it back to its original material. As a result of this technology, Nylon 6 carpets can be recycled into new carpets repeatedly, without loss of any aesthetic or performance properties. This is what we consider a true CARPET TO CARPET™ recycling process.
So instead of taking materials from earth, making products and eventually sending those products to overflowing landfills, Shaw Floors is continuously embracing a “cradle to cradle” production approach where carpet products are collected from consumers and returned to the manufacturer for production of virtually the same product. Isn’t this something to be proud of?
Area Rug Styling Trends
Trends in area rugs change from season to season, just as they do in fashion and home interiors. In fact, the rug industry looks directly to those fashion and home interior trends to develop innovative products. Today’s area rugs fall into three main categories: contemporary, traditional and transitional.
Contemporary rugs have been gaining popularity each season. Their clean, modern aesthetic makes them a good choice for an avant-garde look that showcases your unique style. Current trends are graphic patterns, tailored geometrics, abstract designs as well as organic shapes with a hand-drawn appearance.
Traditional rugs convey a sense of the timeless and elegant. They’re usually based on classic patterns, many of which date back centuries. Lately, however, they’re incorporating more casual and modern elements, making them appeal to transitional and even contemporary rug shoppers.
Transitional rugs tend to be the most popular of the three style groups because they are the most versatile. They offer a casual character that works well with many kinds of interiors. Silhouetted botanicals and florals are prominent in transitional rugs as well as damask patterns that offer a traditional style with an informal air. Tone-on-tone patterns that combine different yarn heights are also popular, offering rich texture and a unique look for your space.
Colour also plays an important role as it changes from season to season. Soft neutrals, sophisticated grays and deep chocolate browns accented with blue and green shades are a continuing trend in area rugs.